When Dr Firzana Araie and Phillip Sterne got married, they decided to skip asking for wedding gifts and instead asked for donations to fight breast cancer.
Cape Town, South Africa (21 January 2020) – State patients often spend months waiting for lifesaving surgeries. In the case of cancer, it is vital to perform operations as soon as possible but this isn’t the case as there is such a backlog for these surgeries in South Africa.
Dr Liana Roodt is making a huge change for women that are battling breast cancer in the public health sector. She started her programme ‘Project Flamingo’ at Groote Schuur Hospital.
The doctor was distressed by the heartbreaking, stretched out and often chaotic journey that breast cancer patients faced in the public health sector. These women were subjected to extremely long waiting periods for surgeries, sometimes waiting up to 12 weeks.
Project Flamingo raises funds to alleviate the waiting period. Thanks to Project Flamingo, the waiting time for surgery is now at 2-4 weeks at Groote Schuur. Funds raised for the project go towards offering surgeries, paying for theatre time and nursing staff.
Dr Firzana Araie is a regular Anaesthetist for Project Flamingo. She, along with her husband Phillip decided they wanted to celebrate their love by having donations made in their name instead of creating a wedding registry.
“Dr Araie is one of Project Flamingo’s regular Anaesthetists and in lieu of wedding gifts they asked guests to rather make a donation to Project Flamingo and through this raised a massive R25000! This is enough to sponsor a full list, wow wow wow!”
If you would like to get involved with the project, you can find out more via Facebook here.